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Media and the Manifestation of Evil


I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. (Rom.16:19).

Abstain from every form of evil. (1Thess.5:22).

ARE YOU FASCINATED with evil? It’s a strange question to ask Christians, yet there’s a general fascination with evil in our culture.

Just consider all the modern films that depict magic and demonic activity. Bookstores have sections dedicated to the occult. Halloween has turned from childhood fun to big business and gore. Heavy metal and rap music spew out lyrics that celebrate violence and death.And television pumps darkness into millions of homes.

The manifestation of evil has exponentially increased in the media. In the past, one would be hard-pressed to find an occult section at a bookstore, let alone bookstores entirely devoted to that. Explicitly violent or sexual lyrics used to only be found in fringe music, not mainstream. No one would have imagined the types of television series that air now. And films always had evil villains, but rarely with the eerie intensity and darkness that comes forth today. If they were like that they were only in horror films.

In our day it shows up in action films or even films with redemptive values. Bad guys are no longer just bad, they are demonic. Death can’t be left to the imagination, it has to be graphic.

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